Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


RA 440.87.U6 Research. Experimentation. General Works. By Region or Country, A-Z. United States

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) System

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) System " a major biomedical database containing information on research ventures supported by the United States Public Health Service (US-PHS). Most of this research falls within the broad category of extramural projects: grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements conducted primarily by investigators at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions....CRISP also contains information on intramural research programs of the NIH and FDA. The research is conducted by scientists employed by the FDA and the various institutes of the NIH."
Within the main page of this Gopher site are links to: (1) announcements area; (2) description of CRISP; (3) using Gopher to search CRISP; (4) searching CRISP (1997 database); (5) searching CRISP (1972-1996 databases); and (6) CRISP thesaurus. The first link provides information on recent changes and additions to the site; the second provides general site information. Instructions and hints on using the site are found under the the third link; a keyword field is present for all searches in the 1972-1997 database options.
Users should select a year of interest, either the 1997 database or a year from the 1972-1996 listings. A keyword field is then displayed; resulting matches will be a list of application reports. Selecting a report title then reveals the complete record: (1) report number; (2) author name; (3) title; (4) project number; (5) institute (business address); (6) publication date; (7) initial review group; (8) award amount; (9) performing organization; (10) abstract of text; and (11) CRISP indexing terms, found in the thesaurus.
The site is maintained by the National Institute of Health; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select year from database holdings; insert information into keyword field. Select report title to view complete record.

RA 569 Radioactive Substances and Ionizing Radiation in Relation to Public Health

CyberFind's Free Radiation Protection / Health Physics eMail Directory Service

Directory of Contacts in Radiation Protection and Health Physics is a division of CyberFind Service (CFS) of North America, a " and service locating directory that allows the user to find the desired business or service in a locale of interest." The site is a directory to individuals who specialize in radiation protection and health physics and provides contact information for such individuals, who are employed at nuclear facilities, power plants, and power stations.
At the top of the site is an access point for SpiderWeb, the server for CyberFind's directories. User questions are placed under the BBS system, accessible in this area. Likewise, general site information is given; a list of vendors can also be viewed in this region. The site's main page offers an alphabetical directory of nuclear facilities, power stations, and power plants. Users should scroll to view all holdings; those facilities noted with a sunburst icon have an active e-mail link within their contact information entry.
Users can scroll past the list of facilities to view directory entries or select a facility of interest to view its records. Within a given entry, the user will find: (1) facility name; (2) contact individual, with title and research emphases noted; and (3) telephone, fax, and e-mail information. In some cases, the e-mail link is an active WWW link.
The site is sponsored by Ken Coon; Internet Direct; Phoenix, Arizona.
To Search:
Select facility name from list to view entry. Or scroll past facility names to view directory holdings.

RA 643 Communicable Diseases and Public Health. General Works

Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases is a Gopher-based WWW site, a service to consumers from the Health Department of New York. The site is a division of the Health Department's WWW Gopher service and is a compilation of consumer factsheets on communicable diseases.
Within the site's main menu, the user can access the cumulative collection of fact sheets, a document numbering over 55 pages, as well as any of the 59 diseases listed within the Gopher index. The following listed diseases are samples of the site's offerings; users should consult the site for complete listings. Featured subjects include: anthrax, botulism, chickenpox, cholera, E. coli, diptheria, hepatitis (A,B, and C forms), herpes, influenza, leprosy, Lyme disease, malaria, measles, mumps, plague, rabies, shingles, syphilis, tetanus, tuberculosis, viral meningitis, and yellow fever. Selecting a subject reveals its fact sheet compiled by the New York State Department of Health; users should scroll to view the sheet's contents.
A given disease fact sheet contains information on the following topics: (1) definition of the disease; (2) who contracts disease; (3) how the disease is spread; (4) symptoms; (5) timeframe of symptoms' appearance; (6) when/how long is disease able to be spread; (7) past infection and possible evidence of immunity; (8) treatment; (9) disease complications; and (10) prevention.
The site is sponsored by the New York State Department of Health; Albany, New York.
To Search:
Select subject link from master Gopher list. Scroll to view contents of fact sheet.


Outbreak is " on-line information service that addresses emerging diseases. It provides in-depth information for interested laypersons as well as medical and health professionals. It also provides a world-wide collaborative database for the collection of information about possible disease outbreaks." At the top of the site's main page are links for logging into the site (for registered users only) and for registering with the site.
The site's main page offers a latest news area, featuring a list of subtopics, all of which reflect recent global news on diseases. A link for subscribing to the site's mailing list is found in this area. Titles are direct links to news texts. Below this area is the table of contents; users should consult the site for complete subtopics listings. Major contents divisions are: (1) Welcome -- offering FAQ, mission statement, and information for new site users; (2) General Information -- introduction to emerging diseases, information on active and historical outbreaks; (3) In-depth Disease Coverage -- of BSE/CJD, Dengue, Ebola, Hantavirus, Malaria, Plague, and Yellow Fever; and (4) Other -- resource center, searching, feedback, and letters to the editor.
To retrieve information on a disease, users should select a disease from the "in-depth disease coverage" area; a topic page is then displayed, offering the latest news on the subject and a full table of contents, featuring: (1) FAQ; (2) scientific developments; (3) people and interviews; (4) history of disease; (5) scientific and medical background information; (6) media coverage of the disease; and (7) resources. Titles in this area are direct links to their respective texts. "Search central" offers a collection of scientific papers, news sources, newsgroups, and search engines for WWW resources on disease. Titles in this area are also direct links to the WWW.
The site is maintained by David Ornstein and Pragmatica, Incorporated; San Mateo, California.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from table of contents; follow onscreen links to desired records. Titles of WWW resources are direct links to the WWW.

RA 651 Epidemics. Epidemiology. General Works

Modern Approaches to the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases Dictionary

Modern Approaches to the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases Dictionary" is part of the course materials to the online short course in quantitative epidemiology titled, "Modern Approaches to the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Disease," taught by Dr. Geoff Garnett of the Department of Zoology from the University of Oxford. The dictionary is provided as a service to the epidemiology community and to participants in the course, which focuses on modern quantitative methods in infectious disease epidemiology.
Within the site's main page, a user will find a link to full course information, as well as to the Department of Plant Sciences, the University of Cambridge. Likewise, links are provided for general site information, for searching the dictionary, and at the bottom of the site's main page, for accessing the Center for Epidemiology of Infectious Disease at the University of Oxford.
To search the dictionary, the user should select the "use dictionary" link; users can then browse site contents or use the alphabetical index to select a specific letter category. Within a given category, users should scroll to view terms, some of which feature links to other dictionary entries.
The site is maintained by Dr. Geoff Garnett; Department of Zoology; the University of Oxford; Oxford, UK.
To Search:
Select "use dictionary" link; browse or select letter category from index.